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Spectacular Riverside Cottage In Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Peter Mantle

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Peter Mantle

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2015
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Spectacular Riverside Cottage In Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


County Mayo Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Unique 4.5-bed/3-bath hideaway

Waterfall Cottage is a completely unique vacation rental property at the heart of the spectacular Delphi Valley in south west Mayo, Ireland - and directly on the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way.

This extraordinarily scenic area is on the northern fringe of the beautiful Connemara region and just over the border from county Galway. Killary Fjord is less than two miles away and the nearest village is the pretty seaside hamlet of Leenane, Co Galway.

Surrounded by one of Ireland’s largest Special Areas for Conservation and in a National Heritage Area, the four-bedroom holiday home overlooks a pristine river in a stunning wilderness setting.

A dream holiday cottage that was formerly part of the famous Delphi estate, this deceptively large rental property is a reconstruction and extension of two 19th century cottages, merged into one home of great character.

There are no other buildings in sight.

Clad in local stone, roofed with traditional Welsh slates and fully insulated to modern standards, Waterfall Cottage has all the charm of a period property with all the benefits of modern reconstruction.

The cottage sleeps eight people in great comfort and an extra two bunk beds can be added on request.

There are four principal bedrooms (three with one large bed and one with twin single beds), plus an optional extra bunk room. There are three bathrooms, one en-suite with the master bedroom.

There’s a modern kitchen and a large day room equipped with satellite TV, wi-fi, an eclectic library and a DVD player. The piece de resistance is the spectacular 440 sq. ft. lower level River Room with its terrace right beside the river, offering amazing views over the water to the wild scenery beyond.

The cottage has oil-fired underfloor heating and a large wood-burning stove.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Peter Mantle (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2015

About Peter Mantle

Former financial journalist who fell in love with this part of Ireland and bought the derelict Delphi Lodge and 1,000 acre estate in 1986. With the lodge and many cottages now fully restored, and with Delphi Lodge recognised as Ireland's most famous fishing lodge, Mantle now owns and runs a fishing lodge in the Bahamas (called the Delphi Club) but he has kept Waterfall Cottage for family use and for others to enjoy this exceptional Irish valley.

Why Peter Mantle chose County Mayo

Extraordinarily beautiful wilderness location.

What makes this cottage unique

No other building in sight. Right beside pristine salmon river. Spectacular lower floor river room. One of the last unspoilt parts of Europe. Fly-fisher's paradise.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Spectacular Riverside Cottage In Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Dallas, Texas, USA

Exactly as advertised and exactly what we wanted

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed this idyllic cottage for a week in July, 2014 and it was pure heaven. We have traveled to the Connemara area many, many times and usually stay close to Ballynahinch Castle (a gorgeous and wonderful spot as well). This time, we wanted to be more out in the country and on our own. The house is quite basically furnished and that is the only criticism of: the furnishings need updating. The kitchen is a dream. I cooked several big dinners at the house, including leg of lamb and roast chicken etc. There was not a tool, pan or appliance that I needed and could not find. The fireplace is lovely, the view from every window, porch and deck is glorious. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The housekeeper, Geraldine, is lovely, helpful and quite good at what she does. We had to call her once or twice for odd things and she was "Johnny on the Spot."

The house is 8 twisty miles from the closest town (Leenane) which may be off-putting to some, but we loved its remoteness. That said, a short walk from the cottage is Delphi Lodge where we enjoyed a spectacular lobster dinner prepared by their chef, Pascal. The folks at Delphi Lodge are the salt of the earth. They let us in on their Lobster Dinner night, even though we were not guests of the Lodge for a very reasonable price. We used their fishing guide when the boys and men in my party wanted to fly fish a local loch. I won't even tell you all the kind things the folks at Delphi Lodge did for us, because I would hate for them to feel that they had to live up to it all the time. Suffice to say: Stop in at Delphi Lodge. Buy some smoked salmon and try to get a dinner reservation. From Waterfall Cottage, we were able to go deep sea fishing out of Westport, explore Cong and Ashford castle, walk all over the Kylemore Abbey grounds, have dinner at Ballynahinch's special restaurant called "Owenmore", had a great meal at Mitchell's in Clifden and we drove to the coast where we flew in a puddle jumper to the Aran Islands and hiked up Dun Angeus. One day, I stayed home at the cottage. I read, worked a jig saw and then walked to the Delphi Adventure Lodge where there is a spa. No kidding. A lovely spa. I got a massage, had lunch in their little café and booked a ropes course activity for our 14 year old boys. The boys loved thee ropes course and were dying to try their sea kayaking adventure, but we ran out of days. Can't say enough good things about this lovely place.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Rock Bar
Nearest Ferry
180 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Delphi Lodge
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Car: necessary

Close to excellent salmon and trout fishing and surrounded by popular hillwalking trails, Waterfall Cottage is just 20 miles from the pretty Georgian town of Westport with its championship golf course, the spectacular Westport House and a range of interesting shops.

With a spa just a mile away, and with horse-riding on beautiful sandy beaches, golf, surfing, scuba diving, fly-fishing and sea fishing all available in the area, there are plenty of activity options.

The nearest village, Leenane in County Galway, is eight miles to the south-east and the small town of Louisburgh is eleven miles to the north. The beautiful Killary Fjord is just two miles away and there are a number of spectacular sandy beaches, some good for surfing, within a short drive of the property.

The Delphi Valley and Doologh Pass are among the last truly unspoilt areas of western Europe and represent a nature lover’s paradise. Otters, pine martens, badgers, peregrines and mountain hares are regularly sighted and the river beside the property is home to many dippers and the occasional kingfisher.

For basic food shopping, the essentials can be bought from the village store in Leenane, where petrol is also available. Louisburgh has a small supermarket and in Westport there are two large supermarkets and many other shops.

This is a dream hideaway with easy access to all the spectacular scenery of Connemara and Mayo.

Waterfall Cottage is just 90 minutes from Knock International airport, 2.5 hours from Shannon and 3.5 hours from Dublin. Galway city is just over an hour away.


Rates & Availability

From €200 Per night

County Mayo Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2015
Mar 29 2015 - Jun 26 2015
4 night minimum stay
High Summer 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
September 2015
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
Autumn 2015
Oct 1 2015 - Dec 21 2015
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 22 2015 - Jan 2 2016
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €0
Notes Heating oil and electricity are billed as extras according to metered consumption - oil @ E1.50 per litre and electricity @ 40 cents per unit.

Internet usage is limited to 2GB per week due to satellite supply limitations. Extra usage is billed at E100 per 1GB. The quota is more than enough for emailing and basic surfing but NOT for heavy downloading of video content.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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County Mayo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds
  • The fifth bedroom is a small bunk room for children that adjoins the third bedroom
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
The cottage is right beside a river so care must be taken. When wet, the terraces may be slippery.

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